Be a SHERO by empowering Atlanta's most At-Risk Youth

About the Project

“I feel free. I am me. Nobody has the ability to take over me.In here people can be whoever they want to be.”- Khaty, from Afghanistan 

It’s about finding her voice. Learning to talk, wail and sing together. 
Becoming a woman. Building self through community. 

Playmaking for Girls (PFG) is an innovative theatre outreach program that aims to empower “with-hope” teen girls in the Metro Atlanta area in the creation of theatre as a tool for creative expression, community healing, and personal growth. Many participants have been touched by the Department of Juvenile Justice system and are living in group homes as wards of the state. Others have recently come to the United States as refugees from all over the world and are acclimating to a new country, culture and language. These young ladies come together as playwrights and actors, and through theatre, are empowered to find their voices and speak their stories.

The Playmaking for Girls program serves more than 800 girls and their support systems each year with a continuum of services including:

  • In-School Residency that teaches young girls techniques that develop self-confidence, collaboration, and self-esteem
  • Two-day Playwriting/Acting Workshops that provide teens with skills that enable them to imagine new pathways and choices for their lives through the interactive components of creating, producing and performing plays
  • Summer Program and Public Performance that teach skill-building, accountability, and the foundations for empathy through support structures within ensembles
  • Year-round touring company of teen girls who perform original pieces written by the girls themselves for community centers, group homes, and refugee and juvenile detention centers across the state. This program allows for direct dialogue between girls in the program and other at-risk youth who are new to our work providing direct peer interaction and opening new paths of conversation. 

 "... the young actors relate to characters they created and, for the first time, maybe, have a model for working out problems before they're really facing them. This group of girls used to expecting little and getting less quickly warms to a room full of women who won't give up on them. "(
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reporter Jamie Gumbrecht)

 One Playmaking for Girls partner, Inspire Shalom, said: “Playmaking for Girls affirms every ounce of [the girls] beings through their loving, unconditional care and belief in these girls.” (Community Partner, Inspire Shalom)

Community Partners:
Inspire Shalom, Little Debbie’s Second Chance Homes, and Global Village Project, Georgia State University's Perimeter College


Throughout the year, the PFG program impacts about 400-800 individuals including:
  • 100 young women (average) participating in the Two-Day Workshops (15-20 per workshop);
  • 10-20 (average) girls performing in the Summer Public Performance.
  • 100 youth attending the Summer Public Performance and talkback, 45-100 youth attending the workshop performances and PFG Summer Tour.
  • 17 adult women teachers implementing workshops.
  • Up to 300 audience members attending the Public Performance including 30+ family members of the performers as well as 50-300 audience members (parents, friends, educators, community activists, staff) at  Workshops and After-School Program performances.
  • 5-10 interns work on the PFG program each year.

DONATE Now and Be a #SHERO. Lift these girls up. Empower them to tell their stories

Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $2,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$5,202.50 of $4,000 goal ⋅ ended 20 days ago
  • Donate $50 or more

    A personal shout out on Facebook and social media

    *** Limited Edition SHERO button (First 15 to give $50+)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Name in all playbills with warmest Thank you! + Above
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    PFG Video Thank You + Above
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    “Backstage Pass” invitation to a Playmaking for Girls Workshop/ Rehearsal + Above
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    2 tickets to the next Women In the Arts and Business Luncheon + Above
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$1,202.50 to go. Every dollar helps.
$5,202.50 of $4,000 goal ⋅ ended 20 days ago
  • $3,202.50
    in honor of To the dedicated and dynamic women of Synchronicity - Rachel May, Celise Kalke, Dalyla McGee, Sarah Kelley, Susie Spear Purcell, Taryn Carmona
    about 2 months ago
  • $2,000
    Match from City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs- FY20-COVID-19
    about 2 months ago
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